A letter from Thomas Fessenden to Lewis Tappan reporting that he has met with Governor William W. Ellsworth, John T. Norton, and Mr. Burgess. Fessenden informs Tappan that Ellsworth advised them to "get the papers ready" but not to serve a writ of habeas corpus until after the Supreme Court decision. Fessenden claims that Norton and he did not agree with Ellsworth's advisement. He writes that he will travel to New Haven to see Roger S. Baldwin and states that a writ could be received allowing the Africans to be put before a judge; however, he questions whether they would be remanded. Fessenden informs Tappan that he has delivered a package to Dr. Hawes and given Ellsworth a retaining fee of $25 in which Ellsworth "said Judge Williams would discharge the Africans."